COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — An attack inside a couple’s Howard County home left a woman dead and her boyfriend critically injured Sunday night.

Howard County detectives went door to door in the apartment complex where they were attacked, looking for any kind of clue that could point them to a killer.

“It’s got everyone here pretty much upset about it,” said Raymond Wsecks, a neighbor in the complex.

Neighbors said the couple was friendly and well-liked.

“I’m a little disturbed. I’m a little upset about it, because it’s a nice community. Everyone knows everybody around here, so to have something like that happen was very scary for me,” Wsecks said.

Police said the couple may have been attacked Saturday inside their Spiral Cut Lane apartment, and left there suffering overnight, before a family member called police for a welfare check and help arrived.

Police Investigating After Woman Found Dead In Columbia Apartment, Man Injured

Officers discovered 42-year-old James Webb critically injured. Medics rushed him to Shock Trauma where police said he is still fighting for his life.

His girlfriend, 36-year-old Amanda Harris was found dead. Both had blunt force trauma injuries, police said.

Police are still searching for the suspect and a motive.

“We are being very open-minded in this investigation and following up on multiple different theories of what might have happened,” said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County Police spokesperson.

They are asking for the public’s help to solve the case.

“We’re hopeful that when someone comes forward to provide us with information that will lead us more directly in the right direction,” Llewellyn said.

A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.

Investigators want to talk with anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area during the overnight hours between May 4-5. They are asking anyone with information to contact police at 410-313-STOP or


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